On Friday, Fannin County residents were notified of six more positive coronavirus cases in the county; one of which was affiliated with the Clyde W. Cosper State Veterans Home in Bonham.
Communications Director Karina Erickson said they were notified of the positive test on April 29 and the following day, all residents’ legal representatives were notified via phone call regarding the outbreak of COVID-19 inside the Home and were informed of the ongoing actions, precautions, and care.
“All personnel and staff in the homes have been issued PPE, and all residents have been tested for the virus. All staff members are in the process of being tested, with payments for staff tests being covered by our operator, HMR Veterans Services, Inc.,” said Erickson.
The resident who tested positive was moved to an isolation unit and has since been moved from the facility and will be receiving care from another healthcare provider.
“They will not return to the community until testing negative for COVID-19. As a safety precaution, 24 residents who have potentially had contact with the resident have been moved into quarantine and dedicated care is in place, taking every measure to prevent the spread of the virus inside the home,” Erickson further stated. “Immediate actions were taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 inside the Home.”
Since March 12th, all non-essential visitors have been prohibited from entering the VLB facilities. In addition, all staff and vendors were required to undergo temperature checks and acknowledge that they did not exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, prior to being allowed entry to a VLB home. All protocols issued by the Center for Disease Control, Texas Health and Human Services Commission and Department of Veterans Affairs are being followed.
“Our thoughts are with our residents impacted by this pandemic, and we will continue to work together as a community to stop the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to update local officials as more information becomes available. Please feel free to reach out directly to me in regard to updates for specific information in the Clyde W Cosper State Veterans Home.”